#LastGreatMalts - Aberfeldy Distillery
A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a Press Trip round the 5 John Dewar & Sons distilleries for their Last Great Malts tour, which i just could not refuse, and I was lucky enough to attend this trip last week.
There are 5 distilleries to go through so i'm going to do them as individual posts to be a bit more informative and as there would be a huge amount of tasting notes to accompany them.
Last on the list, Aberfeldy distillery, is the only one of the five which is currently open to the public with a visitors centre, one which i'd very much suggest you try.
With not only the standard visitors centre but with a full cafe, which have a great selection of foods by the way, and an exhibition which details Dewars and Aberfeldy and is well worth the 15/20 minutes it takes to look around, this really is a lovely distillery to visit.
Really quite pretty colours and the Pagoda Roof
Lots of history here and a fabulous setting, make sure you look out for the train track and old train here, it really is the kind of place you would be happy to come to for a look around and a picnic.
Much more polished than any of the other Dewars distilleries
Thanks once again to the kind folks at Dewars for the whole #LastGreatMalts trip, it was a great experience and fabulous to meet such enthusiastic and knowledgable people who really do care about what they do and the whisky they are producing. The fact Dewars are keeping age statements and looking to move to at least 46% natural colouring on all their malts speaks volumes about the character of these guys and shows that they really do care.
Watch out for some cracking new releases from these guys including a possible Aberfeldy 40 Year Old, just in time for my birthday would be great guys.
Thanks once again to Dewars for the tours, trip and bottle your own bottling.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
I've over looked this Aberfeldy 12 Year Old a number of times and i really shouldn't have, put off by the 40% abv (which is over time going to be replaced by a 46% natural coloured version) but there really is a very drinkable honey-ness to this dram.
Tasted beside a waterfall whilst on a tour with Dewars, this dram comes into it's own the honey is on the nose and palate and theres a distinctive biscuity malty note also.
Very much a drinkable dram, i really need to spend a lot more time with this range.
Tasted whilst on tour with dewars.
Lovely honey and toffee notes initially with hints of spice creeping in the background and a blast of malt too
malty honey with syrup and cinnamon, easy drinking but full of malty goodness
malty and honied
Aberfeldy 1988 Single Cask Sample
When on a tour of Aberfeldy Distillery, if you take the warehouse tour you are taken into the warehouse and allowed to taste wee dram valinched from a cask.
When we visited it was this 1988 (so 26 year old) cask at circo 55.5% abv.
A real treat and i'd certainly suggest anyone who is going to tour Aberfeldy does this tour to get to taste from some of the really special casks they like to put in here.
Tasted whilst on tour with dewars.
Sweet fruity pear drops and fresh honey with malted biscuits and edges of fresh fruit salad with melon coming through strong with hints of sawdust
Sweet melon and pear drops and malty digestive biscuits
Sweet but with a hint of spice
Aberfeldy 1994 Bottle Your Own
When on a tour of Aberfeldy Distillery, it is also possible to do a bottle your own straight from the cask and Dewars were very kind to provide us with a bottle of this 1994 vintage Bottle Your Own.
Pictured bottling his is Dominic Roskrow (@whiskytasting)
this is a cracker of a bottling with huge spicy notes that i would never have expected from Aberfeldy being the main character of this dram, but with water it mellows out and becomes much more honied. It really can take a lot of water and still be so flavourful with honey and spicy, this is a great cask that they have chosen for this.
Tasted whilst on tour with Dewars.
Pencil shavings with balsa wood and lots of fresh fruit salad peach covered melon balks and Tate and lyles golden syrup with chunks of milk chocolate covered custard creams. As you stick your nose deep into the glass it becomes more cinnamon and gentle pepper notes
Spicy really spicy on the palate with black pepper with fruit hiding in the background ... With water the spice hides and the honey comes through with muesli and honey
Spicy without water ... Honey without water